Thursday, July 1, 2010

Joan Maree Kirk, 78, of Shell Knob, passed away Friday, June 25, 2010, in her home.

She was born Jan. 18, 1932, in Williamsburg, Kan., the daughter of Claude Edward and Hazel Vivian (Shoffner) Smith. On March 6, 1952, she was united in marriage to Charles Edward Prier and to this union three children were born. Charles passed away on June 21, 1990. On Feb. 15, 1992, in Shell Knob, she married Ralph Waldo Kirk, who preceded her in death on March 16, 2010. Also preceding her in death were her parents and one brother, Claude Edward Smith, Jr.

Survivors include: her children, Mark Prier and his wife, Shannon, of Yukon, Okla., Jeff Prier and his wife, Janis, of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Terre Burrows and her husband, Chris, of Claremore, Okla.; two step-children, Steve Kirk and his wife, Cathy, of Faxon, Okla. and Sherry Kirk Moore and her husband, Jerry, of Tecumseh, Okla.; one brother, Stanley Richard Smith, of Tucson, Ariz.; one sister, Sharon Fisher and her husband, Bill, of Osawatomie, Kan.; six grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren.

She grew up and received her education at Williamsburg, Kan., where she graduated from high school. She moved to Kansas City and worked as a secretary for TWA, where she met her first husband, Charles. They were transferred to Oklahoma City, Okla., living there for a while before moving to Shell Knob, to be closer to Charles' home town of Butterfield. After the death of Charles. she met Ralph, while dining at the Outback Grill in Shell Knob, which he owned. After their marriage, Joan assisted him in running the business. She was active in the Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce and was a life-long member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) in Trinity Presbyterian Church, Shell Knob, under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Shell Knob. Rev. Chris Williams conducted the services. Burial was at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Butterfield.

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